Jeremiah 46-52

Throughout the prophecy of Jeremiah the reader can follow at least two themes: first, God is sovereign over the nations of humankind and He alone has power over their leaders and success; and second, the exiles should thus trust His word despite any threat they may encounter.  In this way, … Continue reading

Jeremiah 40-45

These chapters record Jeremiah’s experiences following the fall of Jerusalem.  The sympathetic reader hopes for the prophet’s final days to be brighter than the former, but the rebellion of the remnant in Judah was so dark that Jeremiah’s ministry only became more difficult with time.  The irony of the matter … Continue reading

Jeremiah 30-33

These chapters portray a change of tone for the prophet.  When Jeremiah was called to the ministry, the LORD said to him: “Look, I have filled your mouth with My words.  See, today I have set you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and demolish, … Continue reading

Jeremiah 34-39

Jeremiah prophesied during the last days of Judah, when, after the great king Josiah (2 Kgs 21.26-23.30), wicked leaders like Jehoahaz (2 Kgs 23.30-33), Jehoiakim (2 Kgs 23.34-24.5), Jehoiachin (2 Kgs 24.6-16; 25.27-30), and Zedekiah (2 Kgs 24.17-25.7) reigned in Jerusalem.  The book of Jeremiah records several of the prophet’s … Continue reading

Jeremiah 26-29

Jeremiah’s sermons were not popular with the other prophets and spiritual leaders of his day.  The messages recorded in chs 26-29 were preached during the days of Jehoiakim (2 Kgs 23.34-24.5), and Zedekiah (24.17-25.7)—when Judah was under attack from the LORD’s servant, Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon.  Despite the threat he … Continue reading

Jeremiah 21-25

The prophets were called by God to proclaim His word, often reflecting the law of Moses line-by-line.  Many times the prophets addressed the leadership of God’s people, as is the case in Jeremiah 21-25.  Jeremiah was thus not an a-historical figure; his messages were to real people in real time. … Continue reading

Jeremiah 14-20

Jeremiah endured one of the most difficult lives assigned to any Old Testament leader.  Judah was stubborn hearted, and happy about it; how could one, season-after-season, call them to repentance?  It may be that Jeremiah 14-20 is a combination of sermons, symbolic acts/observations, and  autobiographical laments and prayers which together … Continue reading

Jeremiah 7-13

Jeremiah confronted his audience with the fact that, despite their religious vocabulary, they had yet to know God; he said: “the one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me—that I am the LORD, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight … Continue reading

Jeremiah 4-6

Jeremiah was one of the last prophets to hold out any hope for Judah, but even that was slim.  Jeremiah was not pessimistic because of hardness on the LORD’s part, he simply knew the the fickleness of the people of Judah.  If there were signs of repentance, there was a … Continue reading

Jeremiah 1-3

Jeremiah was assigned the difficult task of prophesying to God’s people during the dark days following the Assyrian captivity of Israel.  With the northern kingdom already plundered, the LORD’s discipline of Judah began with threats from Assyria, and their eventual captor, Babylon.  The son of a priest (Jer 1.1), Jeremiah … Continue reading